SEC’s whistleblower program gains momentum

On November 15, 2013, the SEC released its third annual Whistleblower Report to Congress. According to the report, In the fiscal year 2013, the SEC paid four major awards, one of which was for over $14 million for information leading to an enforcement action that recovered substantial investor funds. Three other payments totaling $832k were made for information regarding a bogus hedge fund.

The report states that the number of complaints and tips increased from 3,001 in the 2012 fiscal year to 3,238 in 2013. The three most common complaints or tips were about corporate disclosures and financials, offerings fraud, and manipulation.  The number of FCPA-related tips also rose, from 115 to 149.

December 9th, 2013|Fraud|

Do you know how to spot online scams?

To educate consumers about online scams, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) set up a Web site for Esteemed Lending Services, an online company that looks reliable and reputable, and promises easy advance-fee loans to anyone. But the company and the site are fictitious, designed to tip you off to the signs of loan scams. The FTC also has other “phony sites” for scam awareness for products such as diet aids (FatFoe) and made-up diabetes treatment (Glucobate.) Remember that as part of our investigation strategies for business transactions, SI includes Web site reviews to detect incredulities, too-good-to-be-true statements, boasts of unrealistic investment returns, and even wording that is unfitting for the particular industry.

July 14th, 2010|Educational Series, Fraud|
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